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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements of the visa waiver program and for other purposes. Read More

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To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements of the visa waiver program and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE.

This Act may be cited as the ``Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act''.

SEC. 2. DEFINITIONS.

(a) Definitions.--Section 217(c)(1) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (8 U.S.C. 1187(c)(1)) is amended to read as follows: ``(1) Authority to designate; definitions.-- ``(A) Authority to designate.--The Secretary of Homeland Security, in consultation with the Secretary of State, may designate any country as a program country if that country meets the requirements under paragraph (2). ``(B) Definitions.--In this subsection: ``(i) Appropriate congressional committees.--The term `appropriate congressional committees' means-- ``(I) the Committee on Foreign Relations, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, and the Committee on the Judiciary of the Senate; and ``(II) the Committee on Foreign Affairs, the Committee on Homeland Security, and the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives. ``(ii) Overstay rate.-- ``(I) Initial designation.--The term `overstay rate' means, with respect to a country being considered for designation in the program, the ratio of-- ``(aa) the number of nationals of that country who were admitted to the United States on the basis of a nonimmigrant visa under section 101(a)(15)(B) whose periods of authorized stay ended during a fiscal year but who remained unlawfully in the United States beyond such periods; to ``(bb) the...

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The bill offers a tangible solution to a problem that is very close to many Polish and Polish American hearts, i.e. the long over due inclusion of Poland into the Visa Waiver Program. The H.R. 3855 makes an important step in that direction.

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I support H.R. 3855: Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act because I have ancestry with Poland, because I believe the strong Polish economy will provide an economic tourist benefit to the USA, and because - given the approved 37 countries on the Visa Waiver Program - the citizens of a proper ally deserve and have earned our support and recognition.

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gothamnyc
NY-12
2 years ago

I support H.R. 3855: Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act because... The applicant applied for a visa at this office and was found ineligible under Section 214(b) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) following an interview with a consular officer. Above is typical answer I received to my 2 e-mail to US Embassy in Warsaw about Renata Ligocka from Gorzow Wlkp. visa refusal. What a mother living together and taking care of her adult son with minor Down syndrome has to do to prove that she will return to Poland? That is an insult to polish mothers. I invited her to have a skiing vacation in Colorado with me. We just had similar vacation in Ischgl Austria, And yes, she returned to Poland. Who wants to come to USA and stay illegally when they are part of EU? It seems like a few consular officers in Poland can control the visa refusal percentage and keep it high above 3%. Yes, I am upset and disappointed with the process. Andrew Kostrzewa 216 Ring Neck Ct. Bloomingdale, IL 60108 630 893-3174

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mytime45
IL-8
2 years ago

I support H.R. 3855: Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act because. as a retired Veteran of 25 years I know what Poland has done for America since the Revolutionary War to present. Poland always at are side throught thick or thin. I have many Polish friend in Poland that would like to come over when they can but they have to apply for Visa, spend the money and then never get a visa for some stupid reason. So Congress and Senate get off your duffs and help getl this bill passed. You owe it to Poland and never forget it...

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bascia
FL-6
2 years ago

I support H.R. 3855: Visa Waiver Program Enhanced Security and Reform Act. I am a naturalized US citizen, with extensive family in Poland. My cousin who has tried to come for my daughter's christening was denied visa based on the fact that she is fairly poor. She was treated horribly and rudely by the US Embassy staff. I would love to host members of my family here in the US. I live close to Washington DC and dream of showing them this beautiful area. I travel to Poland, but I do have two children and I would love the opportunity for them to be able to get to know their Polish relatives on a more regular basis. Having a family member who is denied visa, especially in a quite unpleasant way, feels horrible. It is basically the government telling me I am not allowed to see my relatives. I would be most grateful if this bill were reintroduced for a vote. Thank you for your time. Kasia Kotowska Rice

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krice
VA-2
2 years ago

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Bill Summary

To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to modify the requirements of the visa waiver program and for other purposes.

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